Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1960s
William Tagmyer ’60, a longtime University of Portland board member, passed away on Sept. 27, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. He was 75.
Francis E. "Frank" Quinn ’60 died on August 11, 2013 in Seattle. He was born in Seattle to Albert and Frances Quinn on October 10, 1938. He graduated from the St. Joseph Grammar School and Seattle Preparatory in Seattle, and The University of Santa Clara in California. He served for four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam Conflict. He is survived by his four daughters, Corrine Fishman, Colleen Quinn, Kathleen Quinn and Kelly Quinn, all of California, three grandsons, and a granddaughter. He is also survived his siblings Joseph Quinn ’56 of Medina, Philip Quinn of Seattle, Louise Sifferman of San Juan Capistrano, and Catherine Turner of Escalo, California.
Lee Albert Cook ’61 (July 8, 1939 - July 30, 2013), a U.S. Veteran, age 74, of Sutter Creek, CA, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at his home with his loving family by his side. Born in San Francisco on July 8, 1939, a son of the late Edith Louise (Giusto) and Albert Bernard Cook, Lee was a 3rd generation San Franciscan. Lee was a Lt. in the U.S. Navy before joining the US Army Reserve and retiring a Captain after 22 years of service. As a teacher at San Quentin Prison, he created a data processing course that enabled inmates not only to find jobs when they were released, but also to financially support the program. Lee was very active in his community, belonging to Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor #31, Italian Catholic Federation, Branch #428, and Italian Benevolent Society. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 108. Lee and his wife Lynda traveled extensively after his retirement from Preston Youth Authority in 1998. They created many lasting friendships wherever they traveled. Lee was an affectionate son, husband, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. Lee is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Lynda Cook, of Sutter Creek, brother Kenneth and his wife Kathleen Cook of St. Louis, Mo., a niece, Catherine Cook, cousin Mike and his wife Patricia Giusto of Benecia, Calif., as well as many cousins and his beloved dog, Lucia.
Charles (Chuck) Larson, Sr. ’61, 82, formerly of Sunnyvale, Calif. went to heaven surrounded by family on April 9, 2013. He is survived by wife Betty and four children, Cathy (Andrew) Cattaneo, Chares, Jr. (Patrice), William (Patti) Larson, Theresa (Lawrence) Pierce, and eleven grandchildren. Charles worked at Varian, Lawrence Livermore Labs, Plasma Kinetics and EBT in Santa Clara. He retired to Grass Valley and later to Oro Valley, Ariz. Although he was a great husband, dad, uncle, brother, coach, friend, his favorite title was POPPY to his 11 grandchildren. Legacy.com and Arizona Daily Star have a full obituary. He loved Santa Clara University and all it gave him. Thank you, Betty Larson
Charles Bernard Gass Jr. ’61 age 74, died in Chandler, Arizona, on May 26, 2013. A Phoenix native, Bernie was born in 1939 as the first of 10 children to the late Charles Bernard Gass Sr., another Phoenix native, and Nina T. Gass. The family lived on a farm at 19th Avenue and Earll Drive. Bernie was a member of the Brophy College Preparatory class of 1957 and was captain of the basketball team. Bernie attended the University of Santa Clara before graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1962. He also completed the Public Utility Executive Program at the University of Michigan in 1980. Bernie joined Arizona Public Service in 1961 as an engineer. He was promoted in 1973 to the newly created position of Fuel Supply Manager, a position he excelled at until his retirement in 1995. Bernie's hobbies included fishing, camping, hiking, tennis, reading, dirt bike riding, gardening, and genealogy. He loved attending his children's and grandchildren's sporting events. Bernie is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Margo; his dear brothers and sisters Toni Dole, Linda Garnand, Ron Gass, Madeline Kelly, Paula Ames, Dick Gass, Monica Barnekoff, Victor Gass, and Jerry Gass; his beloved children Larry Gass, Kathy Anderson, and Tom Gass; his precious grandchildren Jennifer Gass, Ryan Anderson, Kelly Gass, David Gass, Tim Gass, and Charlie Gass. Bernie was preceded in death by his beloved son Steven. Bernie was an exceptional figure to many others, whom he lovingly accepted as his own, including the spouses of his brothers, sisters, children, their children and step-children. Bernie will be remembered for his caring and kindness.
Gregg Anthony Steber '62, M.D., died on November 3, 2013, after a four-year struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was 73.
Michael D. Soper ’63, May 30, 2013. Bartender, Carpenter, Real Estate Broker, Assistant Professor at Fresno State, General Contractor, Home Builder, Chief Appraiser, State of California R/W Appraiser: Truly a Wearer of Many Hats. Writer, Artist, Storyteller, Wordsmith, Historian, Photographer: A Real Beat. Panther, Don, Bronco, Golden Bear: A Gentleman and a Scholar. Friend. Drinking Buddy. Onetwelfth of the Dirty Dozen. Husband to Pam. Dad to Kate, Braden and Stephen. Papa to Lucas, Juna and Olive. NOW RETIRED...and missed by all. We Love You Mike. For information on the celebration of Mike's life write email@example.com.
Retired Naval Commander and former U.S. diplomat George Thomas Sullivan ’65, M.A. ’66 died peacefully on Sunday, May 26 in Berkeley, Calif. after a long battle with cancer. An alumnus of Santa Clara and Stanford universities, George also had a successful career in Information Security, working for Sun Microsystems and Visa International during his post-Navy years. Born in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 15, 1944 to George and Mary Sullivan, he is survived by his beloved wife of forty-four years, Jolanda, their five daughters, nine grandchildren, and a sister. George left his mark in the East Bay as a hep tenor saxophone player for local swing band "Class Act." He enjoyed sailing his boat with family on the San Francisco Bay and was a devoted parishioner and Eucharistic minister at Saint Mary Magdalen Dominican Parish in Berkeley. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Thomas "the Cat" Casazza ’66 died July 24 in Woodland, Calif. He was a proud member of the Rodents. Born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Feb. 16, 1945, Tom was a graduate of St. Francis High in Mountain View, CA and Santa Clara University. After a varied sales career, he obtained a law degree from Golden Gate University and established a practice that flourished for many years.
Richard Thomas Bigotti Jr. ’66, August 12, 1943 - May 5, 2013. He was born in San Jose, CA. A 23 year cancer survivor, he lived his life full-on until the cancer returned last year, taking him from all of us on May 5, 2013. Dick, as he was known to everyone, graduated from Santa Clara University and was one of the early entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley computer industry. He moved to Camarillo, CA in 1986, and for many years served as the Vice President of Operations for Kavlico Corporation in Moorpark. Dick lived life to its fullest. He was an avid athlete who enjoyed mountain biking, running, swimming, hiking, and any new adventures with his best friends and family. Dick traveled the world for both business and pleasure. He was an enthusiastic sailor who had the opportunity to visit exotic ports of call along with his close buddies. Dick was an amazing cook and host. Friends always welcomed an invitation for a get together at the Bigotti's. He appreciated his family, good wine, fabulous sunsets, great friends, and especially his wife. He will be remembered as a first class, stand up, rock solid guy. If you were Dick's friend, you were lucky indeed. He is survived by his wife, Jan, of 29 years, his mother, Laura, his siblings, Laureen and Jerome ’74, his children Lisa, Donna, Matt and Brady, his grandchildren Frankie, Amanda, Nicholas, Dakota, Savanna, and Lincoln. He is preceded in death by his father Richard Sr. and his sister, Barbara. His family also included an army of friends who were always there to celebrate the good times that he and Jan created together. He will be remembered for his strength of character and integrity. He was the one we all knew we could turn to. He will be tremendously missed.
Henry Alfred Talifer J.D. ’67, 74, attorney at law, PHD and long-time Conejo Valley resident, joined the hand of God in heaven on Monday, August 5, 2013, after a brave fight with cancer. Henry was born in San Francisco, Calif., to Henry and Regina Tagliaferri. He graduated from Los Angeles High School. During his early college years, he met his first wife, Mary (Howe), with whom he had two children. Henry later married Lucille (Hoffer) and they shared his final years together traveling and living in Thousand Oaks, Calif. In 1961, Henry became a Reserve Commissioned Officer grade of Second Lieutenant in the Army of the United States and also received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science from the University of California Los Angeles. He continued his education at Santa Clara University and received a Degree of Juris Doctor in 1967. In 1969, he became an attorney and counselor of law. Three years later, in 1972, Henry became an attorney and counselor of the U.S. Court of Appeals as well as an attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court. With a true passion for education, he proceeded to obtain a Master of Arts Degree in education, social, and philosophical foundations in 1972 from California State University, Northridge. In 1979, Henry earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in education from the University of Southern California. He later received a Master of Arts Degree in philosophy from California State University Los Angeles in 2005. Throughout his career, Henry was recognized for his ongoing contributions as an advisory board chair and attorney volunteer for Volunteers in Parole. He also volunteered with Friends Outside throughout the Los Angeles region. Henry was a practicing attorney with the Los Angeles City Attorney's office at LAX, and an active member of the State Bar of California. Throughout his work and personal life, Henry fostered discussions with friends, family and students alike. He thrived in teaching Psychology of Education courses at California State University Northridge where he received the Professor of the Year Award. He continued teaching higher education courses, including various philosophy courses at Moorpark College, University of Redlands, California State University Los Angeles, and California Lutheran University. He was known for his unique classroom 'antics' that captured the attention of his students. His zest for life and exploration was apparent in his travels throughout his lifetime, having explored Northern and Southern Europe, Russia, Alaska, Hawai'i and other parts of the U.S. With a twinkle in his eyes and a charming lilt in his speech, he loved to share stories, jokes and anecdotes that brought warmth, smiles and laughter. Favorite pastimes of Henry's included his love of baseball (especially the Dodgers), movies and books - ever-the-one to keep learning, and taking a left turn instead of a right because he just hadn't been down that way before. Fascinated by human nature, some of his stories spun just from observing others. Henry is survived by his loving wife, Lucille; daughter, Jean; son, John; son-in-law, Brendan; two grandsons, Ryan and Jack; and stepchildren, Kim, Michael, Bonnie, and Simon.
Frank Boyd Shelledy M.S. ’67, 76 of Littleton, Colo., died June 6, 2013. Frank was born November 19, 1936 in Lincoln, Neb. to Harold R. Shelledy and Louise Boyd Shelledy. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1954. He received a full scholarship to M.I.T., but declined it to attend the University of Nebraska where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1958. He earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1967. He earned a Master of Business Administration in 1996 from the University of Colorado Denver. He held memberships in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the IEEE Magnetics Society. He received a Fourth-Level Invention Achievement Adard and an Outstanding Innovation award. Frank worked for Boeing Company in Seattle, Wash. until he joined IBM in San Jose, Calif. in 1960. In 1966, Frank transferred to Boulder, Colo. where he was a senior engineering manager in head manufacturing and development. In 1978, he transferred to Tucson, Ariz., where he continued his pioneering work in tape head development. In 1989, Frank retired from IBM and returned to Boulder, Colo. to work for Storage Technology Corporation. He became the President of Rocky Mountain Magnetics for a brief time before returning to StorageTek, where he worked until 2001 when he retired. After retiring, he started a consulting business as he was still the leader in his field world wide. In 2004, he married Marti Haucke and they were happily married at the time of his death. Frank was married to Lou Jean Taylor in 1954 and together they had five children: Deborah, David, Diane, Frank, and Suzanne. They divorced in 1969. In 1970, he married Mary Brees Davis. Together they had one child, Jennifer. They were married for 34 years and divorced in 2004. Frank was an avid cyclist. He participated in Ride the Rockies eight times. He participated in Bike Ride Across Georgia and biked from Boulder, Colo, to Lincoln, Neb. for his 50th High School Reunion. He also participated in The Big Sur Ride. He loved hiking in the Colorado mountains, grilling, and spending time with his family. He enjoyed attending the sporting events of his children and grandchildren. He inspired and challenged his children with his determination, vigor, and zest for life. Frank was preceeded in death by Harold R. Shelledy (father), Louise Boyd Shelledy (mother), Mary Ralston (sister), and Diane Shelledy (daughter). Along with his loving wife Marti, he leaves behind 5 children: Debbie Fleming (Rick, Asheville, NC), David Shelledy (Mary French, Davis, CA), Frank Shelledy Jr. (Myra Tucker, Atlanta, GA), Suzanne Shelledy (Savannah, GA), and Jennifer Shelledy (Mike McKelvey, Boulder, CO) four stepchildren: Bill Smith (Julie, Littleton), Sandy Barnes (Melvin, Lakewood), Connie Cruz (Ocala, FL), David Haucke (Glory, Littleton), thirteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and sister Sarah Eary (David, Martinez, CA).
Daniel E. Hanley ’67, MBA ’69, J.D. ’74, resident of Saratoga, passed away on September 14, 2013, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Dan, often referred to as "Buzz" in his family, was born at Stanford Hospital to Lydon and Annette Hanley on August 25, 1945, and was the seventh of ten children in a large Irish Catholic family. His large family was well known in the local area, owning and operating several grocery stores with the Duca family in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. He worked in one of the stores as a teenager, and eventually managed the company's real estate holdings for the families.
He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory, and went on to earn several degrees (B.S., J.D. and M.B.A.) from Santa Clara University, graduating Cum Laude from its law school in 1974. Between schooling Dan also served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He passed the State Bar in 1974 and practiced law in the San Jose area for thirty-nine years, most of it as a sole practitioner.
He devoted much of his time to his family, but he also had many hobbies and interests, including golf, music, movies, history, sports, and exercising. He was always giving, whether to charity or to the blood bank (82 pints of blood). Some of his greatest gifts included his warm manner and wonderful sense of humor. Everyone loved him.
After over forty years of marriage, Dan departs his loving wife, Judi. He is also survived by his two sons, Brian and Sean, and his siblings Alice, Pat, Tony, Leo, Linda, Debbie, and TT. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Johnny and Donald.
Alex S. Bauer M.S. ’67, a resident of Sunnyvale, age 91, passed away at his home of natural causes on May 31, 2013. He touched many people with his kind, compassionate nature and through his dedication to Holocaust education as a survivor.
Alex was born in Kom di, Hungary, on May 25, 1922, the son of Joseph and Sarah Bauer, one of seven children. He graduated from the Technical University of Munich and Santa Clara University. Alex married Rita Markowitz in Chicago on June 6, 1956. In 1962 they moved to the Bay Area, where Alex worked as an electronics engineer for several microwave companies, including Sylvania and Loral. Alex dedicated more than 30 years to Holocaust education, speaking to hundreds of high school and college students about his experience. On June 6, 1944, as the Allies were invading Normandy, Alex was drafted into forced labor with the Hungarian army. Later that year, the German government, who had seized control of Hungary, sent Alex to the Dachau concentration camp and, later, to smaller work camps in southern Germany. He was liberated in 1945 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1949. Alex was invited to speak about the Holocaust to both the California State Assembly and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. He was an active volunteer at Congregation Beth David and at the Stanford Health Library. He also enjoyed listening to lectures on astronomy and the sciences. Alex is survived by his sister Magda, age 100, who lives in Israel; by his sons Ken MBA ’97 and Steve; by his daughter-in-law Lynn; and by his grandchildren Benjamin and Leigh (Ken) and Lauren and Xan (Steve). Alex was predeceased by his wife, Rita, who passed away on April 5, 2006.
Gordon Belcourt ’68, the executive director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, died July 15, 2013, in Billings.
Mary Catherine Kornei ’69 was a doctor who still made house calls. She cared deeply about her patients, visiting them on weekends and sleeping lightly so that she could be there for them at a moment's notice. Dr. Kornei, a longtime Los Altos resident and South Bay native, died April 30 of complications from lymphoma. She was 65. Dr. Kornei's family, friends and colleagues described her as a positive soul with an affinity for the outdoors, talented and passionate across a range of activities. She hiked regularly spoke French fluently loved her cats enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading, gardening, and according to husband Tom, even hanging clothes outside on the line to dry. She was often seen bicycling in her white lab coat to and from her office near El Camino Hospital. The daughter of Elizabeth and Dr. Vernon Schulein, a medical internist, Dr. Kornei grew up with her brother, John, in Willow Glen. She took ballet and piano lessons, participated in Girl Scouts and enjoyed hikes in the woods with her family. She attended Sacred Heart High School in Menlo Park and completed her undergraduate work in English and French at Santa Clara University in 1969. She lived in Aix-en-Provence, France, for two years after college and kept her French-language skills current. Dr. Kornei joined a Sierra Club bicycle trip along the Feather River in Northern California in 1973. On that trip, she met Tom Kornei, an electrical engineer who owned a small computer hardware company in Cupertino. The couple began dating before she enrolled at Yale Medical School in 1976. They were married at Stanford Memorial Church in July 1977 and moved to Los Altos. Dr. Kornei completed her medical residency at Stanford University in 1980 and began working in the Cupertino Clinic. The Korneis welcomed their first child, Katherine, in 1984. Dr. Kornei opened a private practice on Hospital Drive near El Camino Hospital in 1985. A second child, Mark, joined the family in 1988. Dr. Kornei was often on call. She wanted her patients to receive the best care and always made time for them. Even as a regular attendee sitting in one of the front pews at Los Altos United Methodist Church, she often quietly slipped out to answer a vibrating call from her answering service. Dr. Kornei worked at her private practice until her retirement in 2009. She was passionate in her love for medicine beyond any economic ramifications, Tom said, recounting how his wife called patients in the evening at home to share lab results and provided many services pro bono. She biked to work with side baskets containing medical charts. Dr. Kornei's friends and patients knew her as a caring, positive person with a beautiful smile. She sent thank-you notes for even the smallest kindnesses. Her son, Mark, said dinners at 8 p.m. were commonplace growing up, because that's when mom finished caring for her patients. He remembers as a child hauling around mailing tubs full of files in hospital corridors, trailing his mom as she made rounds. Patient care wasn't a job it was a passion, but so was bread baking, travel and everything else she did in a life that was lived to the fullest. That passion rubbed off on my sister and myself, Mark said. Dr. Kornei's daughter, Katherine, recalled important lessons learned from mom—the thrill of growing vegetables in the garden, the joy of travel and not being afraid of trying new experiences. I loved watching her test her language skills and pick up a guide book to explore a foreign city, she said. I remember wandering around the backroads of Venice with her and going into a glass-blowing shop on the island of Murano to view an artist at work. Longtime friend and colleague Dr. Cesar Molina called Dr. Kornei a very courageous person who took life's challenges head on and approached death the same way. He said he received an email from her about visiting one last time before her journey so she could say goodbye. Dr. Kornei is survived by husband Tom, daughter Katherine, son Mark, mother Elizabeth Schulein, brother John Schulein, nephew Greg Schulein and niece Michelle Parsons.
Laurence Edward Daniels ’69 was killed on Oct. 19, 2013. doing one of the things he loved most. He was a problem solver, an engineer who dedicated his work life to making rail travel more efficient and safe. He was born in Pasadena California on October 15, 1947. He grew up with his parents, Victor and Gertrude and his sister Marie Therese in Sierra Madre. He received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University. He married Joyce A. (Reynolds) Daniels ’69 while finishing his degree and had two daughters, Sarah and Amber Daniels. He was immediately employed by the railroad industry to inspect track, starting with the Western Pacific in the East Bay.